Israel news

Amos Oz attacks extremist Jewish settlers as 'Hebrew neo-Nazis'

By Daniel Easterman, May 12, 2014

Amos Oz, one of Israel’s most famous novelists, has hit out at radical Jewish settlers, labelling them “Hebrew neo-Nazis”.

At an event celebrating his 75th birthday, Mr Oz said strong language should be used to describe extremist settlers who target Christian sites in so-called "price tag" attacks including vandalism, arson, graffiti, and even threats against leaders of other faiths.

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Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael in spotlight on transparency

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Ministers are calling for greater transparency from the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Le’Yisrael (JNF-KKL), which holds around 15 per cent of Israeli land “for the benefit of the Jewish people.”

On Sunday, a cabinet legislative committee moved to put JNF-KKL under the supervision of the state comptroller.

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Netanyahu to take on role of president?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

With barely a month to go before the Knesset is due to elect a new president to replace Shimon Peres, rumours are mounting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in cancelling the presidency — which would leave the prime minister as head of state.

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Israeli Left push own legislative agenda in the Knesset

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

The collapse of the peace talks with the Palestinians is already causing friction within the Netanyahu coalition, with centre-left ministers trying to justify their presence in government by proposing liberal laws.

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Storm brews over Netanyahu's ‘nation state’ law

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 8, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to create a new Basic Law defining Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is causing a major political row.

In the absence of a constitution, Basic Laws make up the foundations of legislation in Israel.

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Sixty-six years old, and partying hard

By Daniel Easterman, May 6, 2014

Israel is celebrating 66 years since gaining independence with street parties and fireworks displays taking place throughout the country.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres both sent video messages to diaspora communities around the world to mark the day.

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Tributes to filmmaker Assi Dayan

By Naomi Firsht, May 2, 2014

The London Israeli Film Festival organisers have expressed sadness over the death of Asaf ‘Assi’ Dayan, film director and son of military hero Moshe Dayan.

Dayan died on Thursday in Tel Aviv aged 68.

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Israel calm on Syria despite Assad ‘chlorine strike’

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The delays in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile and the possible emergence of hitherto unknown weapons is not prompting Israel to rethink its defence programme against unconventional weapons.

The Israeli government decided three months ago to cease the distribution of gas masks to the entire population.

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Peace talks close to death as Abbas does Hamas deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

The Israeli government called off talks to broker a resumption of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority after rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation deal on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed in Gaza at the home of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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Restrictions on Gaza runner Nader al-Masri hold all of us back

By Leora Garton, April 18, 2014

Nader al-Masri is a marathon runner and one of the Gaza Strip’s top athletes. He has been running for 14 years and competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Last Friday, he should have been running the second Palestinian marathon held in Bethlehem. But although Mr Al-Masri could practically run from his house to the start line (a mere 65 km), he could not make it.

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